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2013

2013, September 27

Grand Opening

Opening Ceremony of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

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First Fellows

Inaugural class of Research Fellows and Life Guard Teacher Fellows

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Fairfax Ledger

Acquired the Fairfax Ledger

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2014

2014, January 30

Ford Evening Book Talk

Launched the Ford Evening Book Talk, a free, monthly public program that spotlights authors and their new books

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2014, February

George Washington Digital Encyclopedia

George Washington Digital Encyclopedia hits one million users (launched October 2012)

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2014, Summer

Residential Program

Welcomed nearly 80 teachers to the George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program now operating out of the Library (launched 1999)

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2014, September

The Papers of George Washington

Hired the first Mount Vernon based editor of The Papers of George Washington

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2014, September 27

Founding Debates

Launched the Founding Debates, an event where authors, public figures, and historians discuss interpretations of a question of national import.

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MVLA Archive

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association Archive centralized at the Library

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Research Inquiries

Library staff responded to 1,130 research inquiries

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Research by Fellows

4,400 hours of research conducted at the Library by fellows

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Lectures

Hosted 68 scholarly lectures

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Teacher Institute

812 teachers participated in 398.5 hours of face-to-face programming with the education staff at the Library and with partners around the country

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Digital Collections from the Washington Library

Launched the Digital Collections from the Washington Library

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2015

2015, February

The General in the Garden

Partnered with the University of Virginia Press on a new publication, The General in the Garden, the first released under the Library’s imprimatur

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2015

Leadership Institute

Launched the George Washington Leadership Institute

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2015, June 5

Leadership Fellows

The first class of Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows arrived at Mount Vernon

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Lectures and Symposiums

Hosted 62 lectures and symposiums for scholars, students, and supporters 

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2016

2016, June

Digital Encyclopedia

George Washington Digital Encyclopedia hit five million users

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2016, April

Conversations at the Washington Library

Conversations at the Washington Library podcast launched

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2016, June

Teacher Institute

George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program went national

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2016, October

Lives Bound Together

Lives Bound Together exhibition opened and the Library published a companion book and hosted a symposium on slavery

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Research Fellows

Hosted 17 Research Fellows

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Georgian Papers Porgramme

Established the Library’s first international partnership with King’s College in London in support of the Georgian Papers Porgramme

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George and Martha Ephemera Collection

Acquired the George and Martha Ephemera Collection

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Monographs

Acquired 1,100 new monographs

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Educational Programming

Provided 485 hours of educational programming to 496 educators on-site and more than 1,500 through professional development sessions

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Students

1,589 students participated in off-site student programs

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Lesson Plans

Developed 46 new and revised lesson plans

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Programs

Welcomed 5,874 guests at 34 public and academic programs

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2017

Tours

Provided 336 Library tours to 4,314 guests

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Researchers

Assisted 4,498 researchers

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Public Events

Welcomed 6,471 guests to Library public events

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Washington's Letters

Acquired 16 printings of Washington’s letters to religious congregations

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Archival Film Collection

Digitized the archival film collection

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George Washington Digital Encyclopedia

2,666,850 visitors to the George Washington Digital Encyclopedia

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Teacher Institute

158 teachers attended the eight George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program sessions

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Lesson Plans and Primary Sources

Educators downloaded 16,391 lesson plans and primary sources

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Distance Learning

715 students participated in the Library’s distance learning programs

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2018

2018, April

George Washington Digital Encyclopedia

George Washington Digital Encyclopedia hit ten million users

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2018, May

Friends and Enemies

George Washington Friends and Enemies project launches

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2018, August

Dr. Kevin Butterfield

Dr. Kevin Butterfield began serving as the executive director of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington 

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Archivist

MVLA hired its first certified Archivist to curate archival collections

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Tours

Led almost 5,000 tours of the Library for 19,200 people

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Finding Aids

The Library’s finding aids were made accessible online

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First Five

Washington Letters

Acquired 25 George Washington letters

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Washington's Books

Acquired six books found in George Washington’s personal library

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Digital Collections

Over 10,000 digital assets found in the "Digital Collections from the Washington Library"

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Researchers

Assisted 12,500 researchers from all 50 states and over 20 countries 

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Bibliographic Records

The Library’s collection has over 28,500 records, approximately 1,100 linear feet of files, and more than 20 finding aids

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Fellows

Over 75 Research Fellowships awarded

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George Washington Digital Encyclopedia

10,400,000 lifetime users of the George Washington Digital Encyclopedia

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Conversations at the Washington Library

67 episodes of Conversations at the Washington Library with 60,000 listeners

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